Fly-tipping

How to prevent and report illegally dumped rubbish.

Common types of fly-tipping include dumped:

  • tyres
  • waste from buildings and demolition work
  • fridges
  • freezers
  • garden waste.

Prevent fly-tipping by rogue traders

Do you know your duty of care responsibilities?

Warning You could be prosecuted if you pay someone to remove rubbish from your property, and it's then fly-tipped.

Find out more information about arranging your own waste removal (pdf format, 132Kb)

How to report illegally dumped rubbish or illegal waste sites

Report fly-tipping

Illegal waste disposal is a serious criminal offence. It carries a fine of up to £50,000 and 12 months imprisonment. Or an unlimited fine and up to five years' imprisonment if indicted to the Crown Court.

If you see fly-tipping or wish to report dumped rubbish on a public highway verge, contact your local district council:

Your local district council will investigate fly-tipping and other waste related offences. The exception is illegal waste disposal sites run by the landowner or the persons controlling the land.

Report illegal waste sites

Illegal waste sites that store or burn waste should be reported to the Environment Agency. Incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

Materials causing a hazard on the highway

As the highway authority, we are responsible for keeping public highways in a safe condition.

If fly-tipped materials are causing an immediate safety hazard to road users, we'll make the area safe. Rubbish dumped in the road is an example of dangerous fly-tipping.

We'll arrange to have the dumped materials moved, or if the road is blocked, we'll close it.

Disposing of bulky waste

Take large household waste items to a household waste recycling centre. If you can't do that, contact your district council to arrange for a bulky waste collection.